John Millman outclassed by Novak Djokovic in Japan Open final

first_imgTopics news ‘My attitude was trash’: Naomi Osaka beats Barty in China Open final … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Read more Australia sport Since you’re here… John Millman finished short of claiming his first ATP title after losing the final of the Japan Open in straight sets to Novak Djokovic. The Australian was no match for the world No.1, going down 6-3 6-2. It was still an excellent week for Millman, who is expected to get a rankings boost from No.80 to No.58 in the world as well as a pay day of $A289,000.The 30 year-old enjoyed a remarkable run through to what was just his second ATP final, winning a total of six matches including two in qualifying.He had survived three match points in his opening-round qualifier against American Bradley Klahn, but powered through the draw which opened up nicely for him as seeded players such as Borna Coric and Benoit Paire fell by the wayside.Millman started confidently and pushed Djokovic in the opening service game on Sunday but was effectively playing catch-up for most of the set. Reuse this content Read morecenter_img Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Nick Kyrgios given suspended 16-week ban for ‘aggravated behaviour’ Share on Twitter Tennis Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Djokovic required just one break in the fourth game to eventually take it 6-3.Things started inauspiciously for the Queenslander in the second, getting broken after holding a 40-15 advantage.From there, it was all Djokovic as he charged through the set to claim his first title in Tokyo, fourth of the year and 76th of his career.last_img read more